Britain's Got Talent 2016 spoilers: Paul Daniels' nephew auditions for the judges

Britain's Got Talent 2019 behind the scenes - stage

Paul Daniels' magician nephew has auditioned for Britain's Got Talent 2016 in a bid to follow in his footsteps - and even got show judge Amanda Holden to act as his assistant.

James Phelan is related to legendary magic couple Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, known for their tricks on the former's hit BBC TV series.

And according to The Sun, James is now hoping to make a name for himself on the Simon Cowell talent show - which they didn't know he was taking part in (until now).

He appeared before the judges during the auditions recently, and convinced Amanda to give him her mobile phone, which he made disappear.

"Does this make me Debbie McGee?" she joked.

Simon, who's known for his dislike of magic acts, was impressed, saying: "You are really good, that was incredible. Maybe magic does exist."

However, we'll have to wait until Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV later this year to find out whether the panel liked James enough to shortlist him for the live shows.

Speaking before his performance, James said: "I've grown up with magic, my uncle and aunt are Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. I can't remember if it was them who gave me my first magic set, but I remember watching his show on VHS.

"They have no idea I am here, but it adds a massive layer of pressure having them as a family."

James is no doubt hoping to go a step further than last year's contestant Jamie Raven, who made it all the way to the final two - but eventually finished as the runner-up to Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse.

Earlier this week it was revealed that funnyman Lee Nelson had conned the producers in to letting him audition as a rapping rabbi.